Rochester Hills, Michigan

Karl and Linda Stuecher

Karl and Linda Stuecher

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Rochester Hills, Michigan

3032 Walton Blvd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Phone: (248) 375-5202
Fax: (248) 375-5219
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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How many birds and other wildlife do domestic cats kill each year in the US? Exact number are unknown, but scientists estimate that nationwide, cats kill hundreds of millions of birds, and more than a billion small mammals, such as rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks, each year. Some free-roaming domestic cats kill more than 100 animals each year.

Cats with Bells on Their Collars Do Kill Birds. Studies have shown that bells on collars are not effective in preventing cats from killing birds or other wildlife. Birds do not necessarily associate the sound of a bell with danger, and cats will bells can learn to silently stalk their prey. Even if the bell on the collar rings, it may ring too late, and bells offer no protection for helpless nestlings and fledglings.

Well-fed Cats Do Kill Birds. Well-fed cats kill birds and other wildlife because the hunting instinct is independent of the urge to eat.

Most Birds That Seem to Escape Don't Survive. Wildlife rehabilitation centers report that most small animals injured by cats die. Cats carry bacteria and viruses in their mouths, some of which can be transmitted to their victims. Cat predation of wildlife is especially frustrating to birders and wildlife rehabilitators. These losses are totally unnecessary because unlike other predators, pet cats do not need to kill these animals to survive.

Conclusion: Ultimately, the only way to prevent domestic cat predation on wildlife is for owners to keep their cats indoors!

How can your outdoor cat become a happy indoor cat?

Cats face less risk on injury and disease if they remain inside where they also can't harm birds and other wildlife. Kittens kept indoors from the start are very happy to remain there. Older cats can be brought indoors if you follow a few steps to make the transition easier. Here are five tips that can help.

Tip1: Begin the process gradually. Substitute play time for outdoors time. Give your cat lots of attention and feed your cat exclusively indoors.

Tip 2: Choose the right time of year to begin the transition. In colder climates, winter is better than summer.

Tip 3: Provide new toys, scratching posts, cat condos and grass for grazing. Keep the litter pan clean.

Tip 4: Provide a screened porch or outdoor enclosure so your cat can safely enjoy the outdoors.

Tip 5: Train your cat to go outside on a harness and leash on a regular basis.

Remember, indoor cats are safe cats.